We have something of a higher education crisis in this country. College costs are out of sight for many people. Massive debts are becoming the norm for those who do go to college/university. For the many thousands of people who got degrees in areas which have no corresponding jobs in the workforce, the pain is particularly harsh. Some of them ended up working full-time as Occupiers.
So, it is with this background that the University of South Dakota has jumped on the buzzword bandwagon:
Beginning in the fall of 2012, the University of South Dakota will offer a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability. This degree program will contribute to the development of the South Dakota workforce in industries such as wind energy, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy technologies, biofuels and “green” construction practices.
“The demand for experts in sustainability is growing across the country,” stated Matthew Moen, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “Graduates of our program will ultimately be prepared for exciting careers in industries that the state has identified as crucial to South Dakota’s future.”
We are creating a program to turn out graduates who are uniquely suited to work in and for industries whose existence is largely dependent on the continuation of massive government subsidies. This makes so much sense.
Does anybody know what sustainability is? Do they understand that in a world of limited resources, nothing is sustainable in the long-term and that use of anything is a question of resource competition and valuation?
Here is an excellent explanation of the issues which underlie the use of “sustainability” as a useful, meaningful term.